The Laws of Gods and Men aka the best episode of the season or probably the whole series is freaking amazing! It was so full of drama, action, surprises and heart stopping scenes. It made me mad, sad, terrified and it even made me smile (thanks to one pirate). Every freaking second counts. As always, Game of Thrones never disappoints but this episode is probably the best. Looking back at the scenes, I am still at awe. Kudos to the director, writers, producers and actors. That was an episode that set the bar higher. Episode 2 of this season was my favorite, Joffrey finally died (applause), but episode 6 definitely trumped that one. There are just so much I want to say about the episode but afraid I will not make sense, so I will just try to break them down to pieces.
1. The flashbacks. I was kind of disoriented when scenes from previous seasons were shown all concerning Tyrion. It didn’t made sense until the trial and I have to commend HBO and the producers for that.
2. Ser Davos convincing Tycho Nestoris of the Iron Bank to loan Stannis money. Personally, I wouldn’t be convinced if the same argument was used to me. I mean, you will loan a man because he is “rightful heir” and honest? All Davos have to do is show his blunt fingers and telling them that Stannis is his prime compared to a prepubescent boy (Tommen) and the old man (Tywin). Whatever, all I know is Davos saved the ungrateful Stannis. I love seeing the pirate Salladhor Saan, he me made me laugh (which rarely happens when I am watching GoT), seeing him makes me thinks of fun adventures.
3. Yara Greyjoy‘s attempt to free Theon aka Reek. That was awesome, so exciting and terrifying at the same time. I came to like Yara and I don’t want her dead just because of Theon (I still hate him). Yara is a badass, I was so excited to see her in a combat. The scene in the kennels was heart pounding especially when the sadistic Ramsay Snow came in, now, that man easily took Joffrey’s place as the vilest character in the series. I was so worried for Yara, I don’t want her to be another hostage of Ramsay or be a snack for his dogs. Good thing Yara realized Theon is not worth her life especially when he is a full fledged Reek now. Alfie Allen did a fine job of portraying the traumatized, tortured and brainwashed Theon. He was believable but I don’t want anymore scene with him and Ramsay (but with Ramsay’s plan I’ll seeing more of them for sure). I was expecting a full on war between house Greyjoy and Bolton and only got a taste of it instead.
4. Daenerys Stormborn, of House Targaryen, the First of her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons (that was fun haha) realized is not that easy to rule. Conquering was easy for her and she gets annoying as the story goes on. She can blame it to her youth, I blame it to her ignorance and arrogance. She’s like a spoiled child, she’s like I want that and since I have dragons I’ll have them. She’ll ask counsel and she’ll not listen anyway. If you’ll ask me, she amassed her warriors through sheer luck. In this episode she learned that ruling is a full time job, hearing supplicants and making decisions for her “people”. We saw a moment of vulnerability and indecision on her face. Turned out she can easily be swayed. And her dragons are getting way out of control!! What’s next? They’ll barbecue a human being? I used to like Dany at the start of Season 1, not anymore.
5. Oberyn Martell‘s now a member of the small council. I like Oberyn, he’s a breath of fresh air to the series, with all that old, boring faces. He is an enigma, he appeared to be easygoing and doesn’t have a care in the world but we all know he’s in Kings Landing for a reason. He’s funny too. Loved the conversation he had with Varys the Eunuch:
Oberyn: Everybody’s interested in something.
Varys: Not me. When I see what desire does to people, what it has done to this country I am very glad to have no part in it. Besides the absence of desire leaves one free to pursue other things.
Oberyn: Such as?
Varys then looked at the Iron Throne and left Oberyn
Turned out Varys is also interested in the Iron Throne, and I thought he only cares about the realm. (This is one of the reasons GoT is so interesting, characters are so shady, you don’t know whose side are they on, line between good and evil is blurred).
6. Jaimie Lannister’s sacrifice to save Tyrions’ life. Jaimie’s not the one of the nice guys in the show, but he loves his brother, probably the only one who truly loved Tyrion. He bargained with his father to spare Tyrion’s life. He will leave the Kingsguard, return to Casterly Rock and become Tywin’s heir to continue the Lannister’s dynasty, if Tywin will assure Tyrion’s survival after the trial. They had an understanding, Tyrion will be given a chance to plead guilty and be allowed to join the nights watch. Jaimie’s effort to save Tyrion is heart warming, a scene that is rare in GoT. The question is, will Tyrion plead guilty? Wasn’t the same was promised to Ned Stark by Joffrey? Only he was beheaded after “confessing” his crimes. Tyrion is stubborn and if he did plead guilty will Tywin remain true to his words?
7. Tyrion Lannister’s trial. I have been missing Tyrion from the previous episodes, only a few scenes in the dungeons. He made up for it though at the trial. Tyrion is hands down the best character in the series. He knew that the trial is nothing but a farce, a charade. He is guilty in
everyone’s eyes anyway. The judges are Tywin, Oberyn and Mace Tyrell. At start of the trial, Tyrion was so cool, he even made me laugh when he said that they can blame the bakers or the pigeon for Joffrey’s death as long as they leave him out of it. Then came the witnesses, Meryn Trant, Queen Regent Cersei, Maester Pycelle, Varys all trying to incriminate Tyrion. Tyrion remained calm until they call the last witness, and the last person Tyrion expected to see, Shae. He thought Shae was safe, away from Kings Landing. The look in Tyrion’s face is heartwrenching, he was pleading with his eyes. Shae wants to get even or maybe Tywin and Cersei threatened her or she was really jealous of Sansa and was hurt when Tyrion sent her away (for her own safety). Whatever her reason, she broke Tyrion’s heart and put the final nail in Tyrion’s coffin. The trial reminds me of Tyrion’s trial in the Eyrie where he also “confessed’ his sins and was able to escaped death through wit and quick thinking. Then Tyrion spoke, he wished to confess and what he said broke my heart (for Tyrion) and thinking of an Emmy (for Peter Dinklage). I am not an expert in acting (whatsoever) but I am sure that Peter Dinklage’s acting was brilliant. He gave a powerful monologue, something that will go done in TV history.
Tyrion: I wish to confess. I saved you. I saved this city and all your worthless lives. I should have let Stannis kill you all. I’m guilty. Guilty. Is that what you want to hear?
Tywin: You admit you poisoned the king.
Tyrion: No – of that i’m innocent. I’m guilty of a far more monstrous crime. I’m guilty of being a dwarf.
Tywin: You’re not on trial for being a dwarf.
Tyrion: Oh, yes I am. I’ve been on trial for that my entire life.
Tywin: Have you nothing to say in your defense?
Tyrion: Nothing but this — I did not do it. I did not kill Joffrey but I wish that I had. Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than a thousand lying whores. I wish I was the monster you think I am. I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you. I would gladly give my life to watch you all swallow it.
Tywin: Ser Meryn — escort the prisoner back to his cell.
Tyrion: I will not give my life for Joffrey’s murder and know I’ll get no justice here, so I will let the gods decide my fate. I demand a trial by combat.
Will he be able to pull this trial by combat thing twice? Who will be his champion? Jaimie? Bronn, who is not even around during his trial. Will he fight for himself? Oh dear, I cannot wait for the next episode, dying here.